Travel: Knott’s Berry Farm in One Day Checklist

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Knott’s Berry Farm recently hosted my family for the purpose of a review. Our opinions, photos and love for boysenberries are 100% ours!

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My family had so much fun exploring Knott’s Berry Farm earlier this summer that we decided to return a couple weeks ago! This was a quick trip, but we managed to do and see all of our favorite attractions. If you only have one or two days to spend at Knott’s, you might consider staying at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. The hotel is only a short walk away from the park, which makes it very convenient. I loved being able to walk back to our room for a quick mid-day nap. Book a room in the Snoopy themed wing if you have young children in your party. The hotel restaurant also offers character dining, which our kids loved. I also recommend purchasing Fast Lane wristbands for your family. With the wristband, you will get priority boarding on select rides, including GhostRider, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, Silver Bullet and more. You can spend more time riding and less time in lines! Here’s our list of must do things in Knott’s Berry Farm in one day. 

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1. Head into Ghost Town and brave GhostRider. It is the longest, tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster on the west coast. The non-thrill seekers in the group can pan for gold or visit the old schoolhouse in Ghost Town. 

2. Take a trip back in time and ride the Calico Mine Ride. This ride was one of the first major rides to open in Ghost Town back in 1960. It has since been refurbished and is one of our favorite rides in the park. 

3. Eat a boysenberry funnel cake at Sutter’s Funnel Cake. Take a snack break and share a funnel cake, a Knott’s staple. We recommend the boysenberry flavor, it’s delicious! While you are there, snap a photo with the funnel cake lady sign. 

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4. Time your snack break to enjoy while watching a show. My family enjoyed the Wild West Stunt Show and Native American Dancer. Younger children will love seeing their favorite Peanuts characters at the Camp Snoopy Theater. 

5. Head to Camp Snoopy and snap a photo with the Peanuts Gang. You can’t leave Knott’s Berry Farm without meeting Snoopy and the meet and greet location is a lot of fun!

6. Leave your blanket behind and ride the Linus Launcher. For this unique ride, you lay belly down on Linus’ blanket as you are launched 10 feet in the air. Kids under 42 inches, the height requirement for this ride, can enjoy most of the other rides in Camp Snoopy. 

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7. Before lunch, spin around on the Sierra SidewinderA new twist on traditional roller coasters, Sierra Sidewinder combines speed with spin. Each of the four cars will take riders through a series of nose-dives, banks, dips, and turns at a speed of 37 mph while continually rotating on its axis. Guests must be 48 inches tall or 42 inches with a supervising companion. See what I recommend for the younger children at Knott’s

8. Trott along on the Butterfield Stagecoach Ride. Ride back in time on a stagecoach pulled by real horses. This is always a family favorite at Knott’s! Guests must be 46 inches tall or accompanied by a supervising companion. 

9. Try the carne asada fries at the Calico Fry Company for lunch. The Rio Grande Fries are also amazing! I recommend purchasing an All Day Dining Plan. With the pass you can eat every 90 minutes at 16 participating locations, including the Calico Fry Company, within Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City. 

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10. Turn up the speed on the Pony Express. In a unique roller coaster experience, you sit astride a mechanical pony that launches you at a speed of 0-38 mph in less than 3 seconds. Guests must be 48 inches tall for this one. Younger riders will enjoy riding the Merry-Go-Round, my daughter’s favorite ride at Knott’s. 

11. Take a Voyage to the Iron Reef. Grab a freeze ray and zap the mysterious creatures, while competing for the top score, on this 4-D interactive ride. If you love this ride as much as our family did, you might want to show your Fast Lane wristbands and ride again!

12. Don’t leave Knott’s without trying the fried chicken! Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant (leave room for the boysenberry pie) is our favorite or there is also Chicken-To-Go, both just outside the park.

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Here’s a handy must do checklist that you can print out and take with you to the park. If you are planning a visit in the summer, check out Knott’s Soak City Water Park. You could do the waterpark in the morning and Knott’s Berry Farm in the afternoon. If you are headed to Knott’s in the fall, check out Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s Spooky Farm

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What is your favorite thing to do at Knott’s Berry Farm? 

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2 Responses

  1. Hi, we will be going next month with our 5 year old. Since my husband & I both like thrill rides, do you think we could just get one fast lane & share since we will always be riding solo? One of us will have to stay with our daughter while the other rides but we don’t want to be away for so long standing in lines to parent swap.
    Or do you think one parent can get the fast lane & then do a parent swap? Thank you

    1. The fast lane pass is a bracelet that they put on you, so I don’t think you can share. There are a lot of rides that your 5 year old will be able to do, check the website for height info.

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